Clinton socer ladies repeat grand final triumph
SATURDAY'S Gladstone Soccer Federation ladies division grand final replay between Clinton and BITS at Clinton Park brought the same result as id did last Septem- ber ? a 2-1 victory to Clinton.
Clinton opened the scoring early in the first half through Jean Van Vegchel before BITS levelled about 25 minutes into the clash when prolific scorer Vivien Ro- sentreter found the back of the net.
Jane Doran battled illness to score the only goal of the second half to ensure her side an edge over their BITS opponents, albeit one they had to battle hard to achieve.
Clinton coach Steve Ralph praised his side's performance which was notable for the strong defence which kept a determined BITS to just the lone goal.
Among those to star for Clinton were Van Vegchel and the defen- sive lineup of Nicole Fletcher, Tanya Howarth, Sam Williams and Jeana Stokes.
BITS skipper Sandra McLeod again provided a good example for her side to follow, producing a dominant display in the middle of the park.
Sierra Ramke and Erin Thorn- ton were strong in defence for the valiant BITS side and the remain- ing clashes between last year's grand finalists should be a a high- light of the 2005 season.
Meanwhile, in the men's first division premiership, Valleys have staked an early season claim as title favourites after opening the season with three impressive wins including last Saturday's 6-0 win over battlers Yaralla.
Central Black celebrated their first win of the season, defeating an understrength United 6-1 in the boilover of the round.